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Air Commodore R Coats (Costa) (16189)

Rowland (Egides)               b: 26 May 1904                    r: 25 Jul 1956                       d: 3 Mar 1974

CB – 10 Jun 1954, MA.

Plt Off: 29 Oct 1925, Fg Off: 29 Apr 1927, Flt Lt: 14 May 1930, Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1936, (T) Wg Cdr: 1 Jan 1940, (T) Gp Capt:  1 Dec 1941, Wg Cdr: 14 Apr 1942  [1 Jan 1940], Gp Capt: 1 Oct 1946, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: 1 Jan 1949.

xx xxx 1920:            Apprentice, No 2 School of Technical Training, RAF Cranwell.

xx xxx 1923:            Flight Cadet, RAF College.

29 Oct 1925:           Pilot, No 7 Sqn.


20 Mar 1928:         QFI, No 2 FTS.

 1 Aug 1929:           Attended Aircraft Engineering Course, Home Aircraft Depot.

 7 Jul 1931:             Attended Cambridge University

11 Oct 1933:          Engineering Officer/Instructor?, School of Technical Training (Men).

27 Oct 1934:          Engineering Officer, Aircraft Depot, India.

 4 Mar 1937:          Officer Commanding, No 27 Sqn. (Wapiti)

 7 Apr 1937:           On leave on UK

 1 Aug 1937:           Flight Commander, No 215 Sqn. (Virginia X)

24 Jan 1938:           Attended RAF Staff College.

23 Jan 1939:           Air Staff, Directorate of Training.

xx xxx 1940:           Staff Officer, T Mech, Deputy Directorate of Technical Training.

xx xxx xxxx:            Served in Bomber Command.

xx xxx xxxx:            Served in Egypt.

17 Jan 1944:           Attached to No 54 Base, RAF Coningsby

12 Feb 1944:          Officer Commanding, No 1660 HCU/RAF Swinderby

25 Jan 1945:           Supernumerary

13 Mar 1945:         Senior Officer i/c Administration, HQ No 206 Group

xx xxx 1947:           Officer Commanding, RAF Bridgnorth.

 1 Dec 1949:           AOC, RAF Record Office.

24 Sep 1951:          AOC, No 62 Group.

16 Oct 1953:          AOA, No 205 Group.

xx xxx 1956:           AOC, No 205 Group.

On completion of his apprenticeship at Cranwell, he was awarded a scholarship to the RAF College, which he represented at Fencing and was awarded the Abdy Gerrard Fellows Memorial Prize.  Joined the RAF as R Costa, changed name to Coats in 1943, (see below).  From 1958 until 1965 he worked for ICI/ICT?

“NOTICE is hereby given that ROWLAND COSTA, of " Todslake " Silsoe in the county of Bedford a Group Captain in His Majesty's Royal Air Force and a natural born British subject resident in the United Kingdom on the date of the coming into force of Regulation 20 of the Defence (General) Regulations 1939 intends after the expiration of 21 days from the publication of this notice to assume the surname of Coats.—Dated the 7th day of October, 1943.”

(London Gazette – 12 October 1943)

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